Manchester United Rumors: Mourinho Close To Signing Defender Rated At $23 Million

Portuguese under-21 international Dalot is expected to challenge captain Antonio Valencia at right-back

Manchester United are reportedly close to securing their first signing of the season in Porto right back Diogo Dalot.

Jose Mourinho looks set to make his first signing of the transfer window by signing the relatively unknown 19-year-old Dalot after activating the player's €20 million buy-out clause.

Manager Jose Mourinho believes the Portugal Under-21 global right-back can provide competition for United captain Antonio Valencia.

According to BBC Sport, Dalot has a £17.4m ($23m) release clause in his contract with Porto, and any interested club will have to match that to convince the latter to part with the young defender. He completed all of the 0-0 draw at Liverpool in the Champions League last-16 second leg in March as Porto were knocked out 5-0 on aggregate. In this picture, FC Porto's defender Diogo Dalot from Portugal attends FC Porto Gala Dragoes de Ouro 2016 - 2017 at Dragao Caixa in Porto, Portugal, Oct. 25, 2017.

Meanwhile, the former Porto player's arrival implies that Mourinho will be letting the likes of Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian leave in the summer.

United will also continue to monitor Gareth Bale's future at Real Madrid, having previously informed his representatives that they would like to be involved in any discussion over his future, should he decide to leave.

The Telegraph claim that personal terms are also agreed between the player and the club, with the Portuguese likely to be confirmed as a Manchester United player within the week.

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